Shruti Haasan is an Indian film actress, singer and musician known for her works in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi language films. Born to the prominent Haasan family, she is the daughter of veteran actor Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur. Through her successful career, she has received three Filmfare Awards and has established herself as one of the leading actresses of Indian cinema.
As a child artist, she sang in films and appeared in a guest role in her father’s Hey Ram (2000), before making her adult acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood action drama, Luck. She later went on to win critical acclaim for her role in the Walt Disney fantasy film in Telugu, Anaganaga O Dheerudu (2011), Oh My Friend (2011) and her Tamil debut 7aum Arivu (2011). After several successful films like Gabbar Singh (2012), Balupu (2013), Yevadu (2014), Race Gurram (2014) and Srimanthudu (2015)—she established herself as one of the leading contemporary actress in Tamil and Telugu cinema. In a recent poll conducted by Chennai Times Shruti topped the list of most desirable women. Alongside appearing in Tamil and Telugu films, she has also appeared in several commercially successful Hindi films, including Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013), Gabbar Is Back (2015) and Welcome Back (2015).
In addition to acting, Haasan has also continued her stint in music through work as a singer in Indian languages and has become an established playback singer in India. For her songs, she has received Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil and the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu nominations fot the somgs “Kannazhaga Kaalazhaga” from the film 3 (2012) and “Junction Lo” from the film Aagadu (2014). She begin her career as a music director with her father’s production Unnaipol Oruvan and her own music band and album.
Haasan was born to actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur in Chennai. Her father is an Iyengar while her mother is half Marathi and half Rajput. Her younger sister Akshara represents India nationally for Ballroom Latin dancing. Haasan studied at Abacus Montessori School in Chennai and moved to Mumbai to study psychology at St. Andrew’s College.
Haasan focused on cinema and music, and eventually traveled to the USA to continue to learn music at the Musicians Institute in California, before returning to Chennai.